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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Soldiers of America (What are they to you?)

So many times those enlisted in our country's military miss out on life's most precious moments. A soldier may be thousands of miles away when news arrives of the birth of a child...relative, friend, son or daughter. Perhaps the news is the opposite end of the spectrum, the passing of a loved one leaving a lonely path of grief over land and sea for those thousands of miles of separation. Times for communication all too often are few and far between as time passes slowly - days into months turn into years - without seeing loved ones. Whether a first hello or final goodbye, the moments can never be regained. And, their stories touch the Heart of America.

There are five branches to our military
each with their own terms of identifications and regulations.
The term 'soldiers' here is being used in its broadest sense to represent ALL troops.  
Soldiers of America
(What are they to you?)

Soldiers are our protectors, fighters
pledging honor with allegiance
to the country they defend...

sworn to uphold The Constitution
 whether at home or abroad
 from beginning to end...

often alone, never forgotten
fending for themselves
amid strange distant lands...

 riddled with imminent danger
forever watchful and careful
not to fall into enemy hands...

 born of strength and courage
 steadfast in their beliefs
in a quest for America to survive...

 wives, husbands, children, parents
praying they return home alive

Each long for precious moments
 to hold a newborn baby
kiss a loved one's hand...

share in celebration
a birthday, a graduation
 anniversary or wedding band...

enjoy Dad's famous bar-be-ques
Mom's homemade biscuits
apple pie and ice cream...

 things once taken for granted
 to enjoy a cup of coffee together
to share the same dream...

feel joy as tears cleanse the heart
meet life head on as planned
have time to make amends...

create unforgettable memories
 time and time again
amidst family and friends

freedom upon freedom they do declare
isn't that what our soldiers are fighting for?

aren't the words they long to hear
 Welcome home, soldier!
not the sights, the sounds, the smells of war?

 say Thank You, Soldiers!
don't wait another minute...second
 for one special day to appear

salute our soldiers, shake their hands
Remember Their Sacrifice
each and every day of the year

honor those who fight with pride
remember all who served
don't bid the Veteran adieu

Soldiers of America
 I know what they are to me
What are they to you?

©2014 Awakenings
Sharla Lee Shults

When one considers the soldier, first to come to mind are the men enlisted in our nation's military. That is commonplace. Most importantly is to always remain mindful America's soldiers are NOT gender specific! 

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